Tenant representatives represent the views of tenants in their area and also the interests of tenants as a whole. The role involves scrutinising, informing, and influencing policy and day to day business decisions. Tenant representatives are volunteers who assist Habinteg with quarterly scheme inspections, production of the Annual Report to Tenants, and consult with other tenants on community improvements and other issues. Tenant representatives are an important link between Habinteg and tenants.
Tenant representatives are elected by nomination or by ballot on a given scheme or group of schemes.
Tenant representatives work with Habinteg to share best practice through patch meetings, having the opportunity to raise individual scheme issues to build and improve communication.
“As a Tenant Representative, I feel that I can put a voice to the tenants' needs and requirements and we will be heard as a relevant body”.
Sandra Ruddick, Tenant Representative, London
Tenant representative activities
National Tenant Forum
National tenant forum takes place once a year. This is a meeting of the two regional forums on matters of common interest, including the development of policy and strategy. The role of the national meeting is to review and comment on Habinteg’s services and performance, including tenant involvement.
Regional forums take place at least twice a year. This is a meeting of elected tenant representatives to provide a perspective on all aspects of Habinteg’s housing and support services, and influence the development of policies and procedures. In-house training is provided, the topices of which are chosen by tenant representatives.
Service Review Panels
On service review panels, tenant representatives and staff work together to review services and identify areas for improvement across all areas of Habinteg’s policy and practice. A rolling programme of service reviews is set and involves between two to five meetings over a two to six month timeframe.
Staff Interview Panels
Tenant representatives play a role in the recruitment of staff for Habinteg schemes (tenant representatives may not recruit staff for roles on their own scheme or housing manager patch).
Stage Three Complaint Panel Hearings
This is the final stage of Habinteg’s formal complaints process. Stage three complaint panel hearings consist of two tenant representatives and one board member who review the way that the complaint has been handled and will consider all the facts of the complaint prior to a final report being submitted.